TO YOU TO YOU TO YOU: Love Letters to a (Post)Europe
Edited by Lisa Alexander
Here. Now. A place to continue.
TO YOU TO YOU TO YOU, Love Letters to a (Post)Europe is an intimate collection of letters, poetry and postscripts by artists and writers that seeks to connect, exchange and witness through the action, idea or form of a love letter.
In the midst of rapid change, polarisation and crises of social imagination in the UK and mainland Europe, TO YOU TO YOU TO YOU suggests that small acts of imagination and friendship can become radical interventions.
TO YOU TO YOU TO YOU builds on the Love Letters to a (Post)Europe programme that took place at Bios, Athens in 2015, in which twenty six artists created short works in an act of gifting and assembly. The publication includes contributions from Kate Adams, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Brian Catling & David Tolley, cris cheek, Robin Deacon, Tim Etchells, Alec Finlay, Matthew Goulish, Guy Harries, Steven C Harvey, Catherine Hoffmann, Wendy Houstoun, Mikhail Karikis, Brian Lobel, Claire MacDonald, Georgios Makkas, Ivana Müller, Mariela Nestora, Kira O’Reilly, Florence Peake, Erica Scourti, Maria Sideri, Anna Sherbany, Jungmin Song, Yoko Tawada, Nikki Tomlinson, a collaborative text by Lisa Alexander and Mary Paterson, and an essay by artist and researcher Claire MacDonald.
The evening will include screenings, discussions and readings of open letters, with contributions from Season Butler, Catherine Hoffmann, Claire MacDonald, Mary Paterson and Maria Sideri with further artists to be announced.
The launch at LADA is the opening event of a wider programme, a gathering of love and dissent curated by Lisa Alexander that will continue at Artsadmin, London on the 5 and 6 October featuring short performances and new commissions by over twenty artists including Kate Adams, Season Butler, Brian Catling & David Tolley, Robin Deacon, Catherine Hoffmann, Brian Lobel, Ivana Müller, Florence Peake, Maria Sideri, and Nikki Tomlinson alongside video works by Tim Etchells, Mikhail Karikis, and Erica Scourti.
In October and November TO YOU TO YOU TO YOU will travel to The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk and ]performance space[ Folkestone for Performance Gatherings, and to the Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home, Liverpool for an Open Letter Gathering. Dates and details for these will be announced in September.
“Love Letters to a (Post)Europe brought together a wide range of artists to consider the European crisis…connecting artistic practice and intervention with solidarity as a mode of visibility”. Diana Damian Martin, Exeunt (2015)
TO YOU TO YOU TO YOU is published by the Live Art Development Agency. The project is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and has been developed in collaboration with Live Art Development Agency and Artsadmin with support from Counterpoints Arts.